Lexx glanced over his shoulder as he headed toward a field of tall grass. It would provide good cover for a short distance until he could make his escape and put more distance between him and his pursuers.
Pyre swooped out of the air, fire erupting from his talons as he strafed the field. Lexx was too far away to see his targets, but their yelping cries reached his ears. Serenity plowed into the grass ahead of him, and there was a crack behind him. Lexx’s wings rose of their own accord as he instinctively prepared to leap into the air.
A ball of light entered his periphery, and he folded his wings too late. It wound around the top of his wing, another dragging an energy cord around his other wing. Lexx shook his wings, trying to free them, but a third sphere wound around his torso. The orbs traveled on their own path, unwinding an ever-lengthening line around his body.
Lexx jerked his wings closed and tripped over his feet, landing in the grass and sliding. The energy bolo dissipated, rolling into the surrounding grass and vanishing. Lexx pressed against the ground, and the orbs lost sight of their target. They were meant to slow him down, and they did their job, but he was already in the grass.
He pushed himself up, moving on his hands and knees, wings folded at his sides. Serenity had vanished and was likely circling nearby. The grass rustled, and Tairin shouted, “I learn from my mistakes.”
Lexx stopped moving, listening for which direction she was in. A breeze stirred the grass, obscuring the sound of footsteps or someone walking through the field.
“Face me, Lexx!”
A blast of heat passed over Lexx with a crackle of power. His hair flew around his head, and bits of charred grass fell around him. A sweep of energy had burned through the grass only a few inches above his head.
“You can’t run and hide forever!” howled Tairin, the sound of grass stems breaking indicating where she was.
Lexx crouched lower, hurrying away from her, still on his hands and knees. Let her waste her energy trying to flush him out of the grass. He would emerge when he chose to and not a moment earlier.
I GOT IT DONE!